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Who Dares Wins The SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege 1980 (Raid) [Paperback]

Gregory Fremont-Barnes & Pete Winner
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10 Oct 2009 Raid (Book 4)
For 5 days in May 1980, the world watched as the SAS performed a daring raid on the Iranian Embassy in London. Hailed by Margaret Thatcher as a brilliant operation the raid was a huge success for the SAS, rescuing 19 hostages with near-perfect military execution, although 2 hostages were killed by terrorists. Despite the media attention, details of the siege are still largely unknown and those involved and the identities of the SAS troopers themselves, remain a closely guarded secret. This book takes an in-depth look at the siege, revealing the political background behind it and analyzing the controversial decision by the Prime Minister to sign over control of the streets of London to the military. Artwork illustrates the moment the walls were breached and show how the strict planning of the operation was critical to its success. With input from those involved in the mission, the author strips away some of the mystery behind the best counter-terrorism unit in the world and their most famous raid.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blow by blow account 19 Nov 2009
Brilliant short history of the raid correcting a lot of mistakes in previous accounts (thanks to the involvement of an SAS member who was there) and cool artwork showing a cutaway of the building with entrance and exit points and location of hostages etc.
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On 30 April 1980 six terrorists seized Iranian embassy in London and took 26 hostages. The attackers, Iranian citizens from Arab minority, declared that they were part of Democratic Revolutionary Front of Liberation of Arabistan (DRFLA), one of groups fighting for separation of their homeland, Khuzestan province, from Iran. They were without any doubt working for Saddam Hussein regime, as they received their weapons and some training from Iraqi intelligence service.

The terrorrists requested the release of Arab prisoners held in Iran as well as the right to leave United Kingdom to a safe place of their choice. British governement however had no leverage to obtain the release of Arab prisoners by Iran and anyway was not disposed to accede to terrorists demands.

Six days later the terrorists killed one of the hostages, an Iranian diplomat - after that there could be only one answer and indeed, elite soldiers from Special Air Service (SAS) regiment stormed the embassy. Five out of six terrorists were killed and one was arrested. Tragically, the terrorists had nevertheless the time to kill one of the hostages... One of SAS soldiers was also seriously wounded, but later fully recovered.

This book describes the whole crisis and the SAS attack quite comprehensively and very well indeed, with a lot of important (and also some less important but amusing) details. I learned a lot from it.

This anti-terrorist operation was the first of its kind for the SAS and even if it was obviously a success, from this book it clearly appears that there were still serious weaknesses in anti-terrorist tactics, equipement and training.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 22 Feb 2013
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I had read the `original` in the late `80.......but found this to be to much as a DE-BRIEF, rather that a graphic story.
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